It's being reported that Arsenal have barred Osama Bin Laden
from Highbury, after being told that he's a diehard Arsenal fan.
In a new biography of the Islamic fundamentalist leader/real-life James Bond villain (take yer pick), author Adam Robinson claims that
he (Bin Laden) became a fan when living in London in the 1990s, and was a
regular on the terraces during the Cup-Winners Cup runs.
You may shudder at the thought of having maybe rubbed shoulders
with the man back then, but Arseweb would like to believe that this
makes North London ever so slightly less likely to become a target. Unless he's really pissed off about the ban.
It seems unlikely that Arsenal will find themselves having to enforce Mr Bin Laden's ban in the near future.
The book's called "Behind the Mask of Terror" and is released on Monday. See
BBC news or
Sky news for more, and to convince yourself that I'm not making this up. Although someone may be.
Further evidence comes from this Arsenal fan's guestbook from 1999. (I've copied the page
as the original appears to be flaky).
Bin Laden joins Fidel Castro, Robert Maxwell, Michael Portillo,
Sam Fox, the Queen Mother, and many more on our famous list of celebrity Gooners.
(Thanks to John Old, and
Warren from Up The Arse for the links. John also points out that
there could be a connection between "Northern Alliance"
and "Manchester United")
In this article in the Telegraph, Giles Smith
comments on the potential usefulness of Bin Laden's Goonerdom
to the opponents of the Ashburton Grove development (and quotes
the page you're reading).